Veterinarian’s Oath

Veterinarian’s Oath

“All veterinarians take this oath upon graduation from veterinary college, being admitted into the field of veterinary medicine to practice wisely, with compassion and concern for both human and animal welfare. We also generally adhere to the medical...
Overuse of Antibiotics

Overuse of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are important medications; it would be difficult to overstate the benefits in treating bacterial infections, preventing the spread of disease and reducing serious complications of disease. But some antibiotics that used to be standard treatments for...
To Spay or Not to Spay?

To Spay or Not to Spay?

Before I became involved with holistic medicine, I would have said that all pets should be spayed or neutered at six months of age before the females have their first heat cycle. This belief is still held by most traditional veterinarians. The single biggest reason to...
Old, Cold Pets

Old, Cold Pets

I couldn’t resist writing a blog about this after seeing a photo on Facebook of a kitty sitting by the heat register enjoying the flow of warm air on a cold morning. His owner asked “Why does he do this every morning?” The answer is really very...
Glyphosate – What is it and Why should I care?

Glyphosate – What is it and Why should I care?

Glyphosate is an herbicide. It is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. Glyphosate was first registered for use in the U.S. in 1974. It is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. People apply it in agriculture...
Is Your Home Pet-Friendly?

Is Your Home Pet-Friendly?

Having pets in your home is like having toddlers. They seem to find things that aren’t good for them, even when we are careful. Here is a list of items that can be particularly toxic to your pets. 1. Some human foods can be toxic, while others are great...
Acupuncture – Does it Work?

Acupuncture – Does it Work?

When I first studied acupuncture almost twenty years ago I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. Seriously, how could sticking small needles into different areas of the body make a difference in pain, digestion, allergies, kidney or liver function, or infection?...
Dental Care for Pets

Dental Care for Pets

Pets Need Proper Dental Care, Just Like People Do Eighty percent of pets have periodontal disease, based on information from a scientific study published in The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. Periodontal diseases are infections of the periodontal ligament,...
Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Recently there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and feeding grain-free kibble. The FDA is “working on it”, which means we may or may not have answers in the next seven to ten years. (We are still...
You Can’t Solve Allergies if You Don’t Fix the Diet

You Can’t Solve Allergies if You Don’t Fix the Diet

Dealing with itching, scratching pets with chronic ear and skin infections is incredibly frustrating for pet owners. Listening to chewing, licking, and scratching has the same effect as nails on a blackboard for me. Pets suffering with allergic otitis and dermatitis...